Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs (1) celebrates with forward Drew Timme (2) during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
- Top-overall seed Gonzaga is a 14-point favorite over UCLA in an NCAA Tournament national semifinal game at 8:30 pm ET Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
- The Bulldogs are 30-0 and have won 29 of its games by a double-digit margin
- A look at some of the top prop bets for UCLA-Gonzaga can be found below
Gonzaga comes rolling into its NCAA Tournament semifinal game against UCLA at 8:30 pm ET Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Bulldogs are a perfect 30-0 and 29 of those wins have been by double digits. They have won their four tournament games by an average margin of 24.0 and are 14.5-point favorites to beat UCLA. The over/under is 146 points.
The winner moves on to Monday night’s championship game to play Baylor or Houston. Gonzaga is trying to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1975-76.
Here is a look at the best bets among player and prop bets for UCLA-Gonzaga.
UCLA vs Gonzaga Player Props
|Player||Points at William Hill||Rebounds||Assists|
|Johnny Juzang (UCLA)||18.5 (O -115 | U -115)||3.5 (O -115 | U -115)||N/A|
|Jaime Jacquez Jr. (UCLA)||12.5 (O -115 | U -115)||6.5 (O +100 | U -130)||N/A|
|Jules Bernard (UCLA)||10.5 (O -115 | U -115)||6.5 (O -115 | U -115)||N/A|
|Tyger Campbell (UCLA)||9.5 (O -115 | U -115)||N/A||4.5 (O -130 | U +100)|
|Cody Riley (UCLA)||9.5 (O -115 | U -115)||4.5 (O -125 | U -105)||N/A|
|Drew Timme (GON)||19.5 (O -115 | U -115)||6.5 (O -125 | U -105)||N/A|
|Corey Kispert (GON)||17.5 (O -115 | U -115)||5.5 (O -125 | U -105)||N/A|
|Jalen Suggs (GON)||14.5 (O -115 | U -115)||5.5 (O -115 | U -115)||4.5 (O -115 | U -115)|
|Joel Ayayi (GON)||11.5 (O -115 | U -115)||6.5 (O -115 | U -115)||N/A|
|Andrew Nembhard (GON)||8.5 (O -115 | U -115)||N/A||3.5 (O -130 | U +100)|
Odds as of April 1.
It’s Timme’s Time
KenPom.com now has Gonzaga sophomore forward Drew Timme ranked as the top player in the country, ahead of Iowa’s Luke Garza.
It is hard to argue the statistical guru’s calculations. Timme is averaging 19.0 points and 7.2 rebounds – both team highs – and shooting 65.0% from the field. He also seems to be leading the nation in fun.
Drew Timme had some epic celebrations today 👨
A bucket. pic.twitter.com/LKEaw2pX2M
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 28, 2021
Timme has been particularly impressive in the NCAA Tournament, especially as the competition has gotten stronger in each round.
Timme scored a career-high 30 points and matched a career best with 13 rebounds in a second-round victory over Oklahoma. He then had a 22-point effort against Creighton in the West region semifinals and 23 more versus USC in the regional final.
UCLA’s defense clamped down against Michigan in its 51-49 victory in the East Region final. However, no one seems capable of stopping Timme right now as he has scored 75 points total in the last three games.
The Pick: Drew Timme OVER 19.5 points (-115)
UCLA vs Gonzaga Final Four Odds and Picks
Eye of the Tyger
Few players in the tournament have been more fun to watch than UCLA sophomore point Tyger Campbell. His big mop of hair flies in every direction while orchestrating the Bruins’ offense.
Campbell is also a solid player. He is averaging 10.2 points and a team-leading 5.3 assists.
Tyger Campbell steal and score 🔥
UCLA has the early lead in OT pic.twitter.com/r6PfuP7Kbn
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 29, 2021
While Campbell’s role has been more of a facilitator this season, he has given UCLA a scoring boost during their tournament run from the First Four to the Final Four.
Campbell scored 13 points in UCLA’s overtime win over Alabama in the regional semifinals. With 11 points against Michigan, Campbell was the only UCLA player in double digits beside Johnny Juzang, who went off for 28.
Look for Gonzaga to try to clamp down on Juzang, arguably the tourney’s biggest breakout star. That will give Campbell plenty of opportunity to attack the rim, something he does well despite being 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds.
The Pick: Tyger Campbell OVER 9.5 points (-115)
Too Much Firepower
Gonzaga has been comfortably ahead at halftime in all four tournament games, leading by at least 10 each time and holding an advantage of 15.3 points on average.
It’s the 13th time this season that Gonzaga has led a game by 15+ points at the half, breaking a tie with Houston for most in Division I.
Gonzaga is a perfect 204-0 under head coach Mark Few when leading by 15+ points at halftime. pic.twitter.com/ql7GhSBmxS
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 31, 2021
UCLA should be able to keep thing close for a half because of its ability to slow the pace. However, look for Gonzaga’s depth and firepower to wear down the Bruins in the second half and an offense that leads the nation with 91.6 points a game to put on a show over the final 20 minutes.
The Pick: Gonzaga -5.5 in the second half (-120)
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.